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Top Five Moments Top Five Moments: On the fifth anniversary of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, Peter Sagal waxes nostalgic about his favorite moments on the show.


July 5, 2003

This week's show is an encore of the special fifth anniversary broadcast of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me recorded in front of a live audience at Chicago's Goodman Theater on December 9th, 2002.

Welcome to Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, NPR's weekly news quiz program. Find out how well you know your news by playing the interactive online version below. You can also listen to this week's show with host Peter Sagal.

Who's Carl This Time?

Quote 1 (Listen)
"I mean, all of us knew he was a snake when we voted for him..."

That was Patricia Ireland, the president of the ultra-Feminist National Organization for Women, speaking in 1998 trying to justify the somewhat mysogynistic behavior of what public figure?

Answer 1

Quote 2 (Listen)

CARL: "People sometimes make errors."

That was NASA's Edward Weiler, making a severe understatement back in September 1999. He was trying to explain the catastrophic loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter, a $125 million spacecraft that burned up because highly paid engineers made what error?

HINT: It was a matter of inches and/or centimeters.

Answer 2

Quote 3 (Listen)
CARL: "The American people have spoken, but it's going to take a little while to determine what they said."

That was the snake himself, Bill Clinton, doing his best to make the biggest political screw-up of modern times seem just like a failure to speak clearly. What was he talking about?

Answer 3

Who's Carl This Time? Round II

Question 4 (Listen)
CARL: "To have a heart to heart... you have to have two hearts."

That was a high-tech executive named Ray Noorda, talking about the impossibility of dealing with his primary business rival. Who, according to Mr. Noorda, has no heart?

HINT: It's okay if he doesn't... he can buy about a million of them.

Answer 4

Question 5 (Listen)
CARL: "She will stay in [that house] until they take her screaming, scratching and kicking out of that place... I suppose we're going to have to pry her off the chandelier to get her out of there."

That was a highly paid divorce lawyer named Raoul Felder, criticizing his client's soon to be ex-wife. Whose 1999 divorce case was perhaps the messiest of any public figure in recent years?

HINT: The house in question was Gracie Mansion.

Answer 5

Question 6 (Listen)

CARL: "He attempted to taste the pretzel wth his attention focused on a football game -- a combination that as it turned out, proved difficult."

HINT: Who tried unsuccessfully to eat and watch TV at the same time?

Answer 6

Limerick Challenge

Limerick 1: (Listen)

Oh, go ahead, Spain, do your worst.
For now in war we are immersed.
And though you declared it
Our men pre-repaired it
and we look like we said it ___________.

Answer 1

Limerick 2: (Listen)

Behind the cute, button-eyed, steady stare
There lurks the dark lord's ever-ready snare.
For soft, furry toys
Moms abandon their boys.
Take care to beware of the __________.

Answer 2

Limerick 3: (Listen)

The dairy board's hard to appease.
They call our film uncultured sleaze.
What's got their blood curdled
Is not straps and girdles
But bacterial action in __________.

Answer 3